The Club recognizes AAA Northeast communities that identify local traffic safety problems and then work to solve them as part of the AAA Community Traffic Safety Awards Program. The awards were presented at an annual luncheon awards ceremony held on October 25, 2018 at The Garden City Hotel in Garden City, NY.
Lloyd P. Albert, Senior Vice President, Public/Government Affairs, John Corlett, Director of Public/Government Affairs and Traffic Safety and Donna Galasso, Assistant Director, Traffic Safety, AAA Northeast, the local AAA affiliate, presented a total of 51 awards to communities within the Club’s region for their efforts in making the area’s roadways safer.
“We are pleased to honor our award-winning communities that are doing such vital work to ensure that drivers, pedestrians and cyclists can all reach their destinations safely,” Corlett said.
AAA also presented this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award in Traffic Safety for an Individual to New York State Senator Joseph Robach and New York State Assembly Member Sandra Galef. Senator Robach, unable to attend the event, received recognition as the cosponsor of the new child safety seat law and for his exceptional record of community service and involvement, and his outstanding record in the Legislature.
Assembly Member Galef was recognized at the event as cosponsor of legislation that will require children to remain in rear facing vehicle safety seats until age four, beginning in November 2019. AAA views this new law as vital to saving countless young lives. Galef was further recognized as a person committed to public service for almost her entire life, both as a volunteer and an elected official. She is a leading advocate for legislative reform in Albany, as well as being deeply involved in matters pertaining to government efficiency, consumer issues, health, the disabled community and senior citizens.
Assembly Member Galef was elected to the NYS Assembly in 1992 representing the Towns of Cortlandt, Ossining, Kent, Phillipstown and the City of Peekskill. She hosts two television shows, “Dear Sandy” and “Speak Out with Sandy Galef” highlighting local, regional and statewide personalities and issues. The keynote speaker for the ceremony was Michael N. Geraci, Regional Administrator, U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. His current background and work on impaired driving programs at NHTSA, considering the possible passage of legislation to legalize recreational marijuana was of great interest.
The keynote speaker for the ceremony was Michael N. Geraci, Regional Administrator, U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. His current background and work on impaired driving programs at NHTSA, considering the possible passage of legislation to legalize recreational marijuana was of great interest.
There were six Platinum award winners in AAA’s annual Community Traffic Safety Awards Program, which recognizes outstanding communities for their efforts to make the region’s roadways safer for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. The Village of Garden City in Nassau County, the Town of Southold in Suffolk County, the Town of Greenburgh, Village of Irvington, and the City of White Plains in Westchester County and New York City won AAA’s top Platinum Award for the outstanding success and effectiveness of their traffic safety programs, some of which are highlighted below.